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So You’ve Been Asked to Double Your Engineering Team…

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Chris Stasonis
Lola Travel, VP, Engineering

Chris has been in the engineering world for more than 15 years and been leading teams at both large and small companies, including TripAdvisor, Fitbit, and now a new startup in the business travel space - Lola Travel. While he still enjoys spending time designing applications, he spends more of his times designing teams.


o your company just took a round of funding and you’ve been asked to rapidly grow your engineering team? Congratulations! This is an exciting challenge. It can also be daunting. You’re in for a lot of hard work, a lot of organizational changes, and the satisfaction of building an amazing new team. I’ll share some experience and advice from being given this challenge multiple times at both large and small companies.

Who is this for?

My advice will mostly focus on growing teams of ~10 to teams of ~40, but much of the advice applies to any serious hiring push regardless of current team size. The people who will get the most out of this are managers of multiple teams, VPEs/Director’s of engineering at smaller scale startups, but also people that are part of an interview panel on a fast growing team.